College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2011 master’s universities rankings. We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). For an explanation of each category, click here. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Predicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
101California State University—Sacramento (CA)*5340%42%44%248$4.396339613614553%5233166
102La Salle University (PA)5323%52%73%8$2.928795942988%45317992
103Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL)5323%53%56%232$0.002211477017516%1784111
104Christian Brothers University (TN)5337%57%53%382$0.00221361891218%444263259
105Humboldt State University (CA)*5332%53%42%466$8.8134832042710%315141235
106California State University—Dominguez Hills (CA)*5359%25%35%85$3.517141236629125%5712445
107California State University—Long Beach (CA)*5336%49%54%167$14.9718269772828%415250179
108Delta State University (MS)*5352%37%45%116$0.002215639242710%323197197
109Fort Valley State University (GA)*5269%27%30%228$3.31773703282110%327263259
110Tennessee Technological University (TN)*5230%55%53%330$11.74221693508619%115211210
111Elon University (NC)526%74%78%213$0.002213661218421%986799
112Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)5228%57%68%73$0.002214516335414%219263259
113University of South Alabama (AL)*5231%48%37%469$28.4772372993124%64263259
114Rockford College (IL)5236%50%44%406$0.002215511342711%31119425
115St. Xavier University (IL)5243%49%53%206$0.0022120439237046%9263259
116University of Nebraska—Kearney (NE)*5232%53%59%147$0.6916912210814032%23263259
117Le Moyne College (NY)5226%58%71%50$0.002211481211729%384128142
118University of West Alabama (AL)*5260%55%34%540$0.0022113039242721%93263259
119Wayne State College (NE)*5237%46%50%205$0.0022115630433340%11123199
120Arcadia University (PA)5229%58%61%233$2.4396701484278%445157150
121Mississippi College (MS)5127%57%52%398$0.002216131016535%16144219
122Bradley University (IL)5120%63%77%37$1.761091709226211%310125188
123SUNY—Fredonia (NY)*5126%58%63%192$0.302084318242710%363183209
124Hood College (MD)5122%58%70%59$0.0022162438310%351263259
125St. Catherine University (MN)5135%55%59%198$0.0022119023029724%70208125
126Fayetteville State University (NC)*5170%25%32%136$1.301315083923611%290216180
127Oklahoma Christian University (OK)5122%59%51%437$0.002213213012722%89122245
128Walla Walla University (WA)5129%57%50%417$0.00221215042714%214263259
129Oklahoma City University (OK)5119%64%56%442$0.002212626122410%34118468
130Canisius College (NY)5127%60%68%121$0.1921869317508%411263259
131Queens University of Charlotte (NC)5021%56%59%234$0.002213992312999%364171
132Delaware State University (DE)*5050%33%34%267$8.05371283198224%74263259
133Lee University (TN)5028%57%48%453$0.0022113113242715%2003029
134Evergreen State College (WA)*5019%60%58%344$0.641753194278%467263259
135California State University—Fullerton (CA)*5030%48%52%199$6.105234916421617%1432258
136Avila University (MO)5032%53%44%449$0.00221103304277%5215365
137Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)*5034%45%44%316$6.74431671879520%10441237
138Wilkes University (PA)5029%53%63%93$0.2521172392207%488263259
139Lesley University (MA)5020%56%60%209$0.002214772937912%2831510
140Drake University (IA)5011%72%76%194$0.73163339121110%345263259
141SUNY College—Cortland (NY)*5020%58%67%103$0.3620011816829520%10383127
142Winthrop University (SC)*5027%55%60%189$0.0022112611023610%35710675
143Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL)5022%58%57%317$6.8641253260313%243263259
144Bentley University (MA)5011%73%90%21$0.002214542483628%4201625
145College of Notre Dame of Maryland (MD)4934%50%67%22$0.002211217329611%313263259
146Millersville University of Pennsylvania (PA)*4920%58%61%214$0.002219214128017%1465782
147Lincoln University (PA)*4950%28%37%95$0.951494024326418%124263259
148Western Illinois University (IL)*4925%50%59%101$1.601182292881631%24226252
149St. Joseph's University (PA)4910%65%77%60$2.2210110921918214%21614672
150University of Texas—Pan American (TX)*4970%30%36%156$5.87554193922357%479261255
151Santa Fe University of Art and Design (NM)4923%59%47%483$0.002214614277%529263259
152Spring Arbor University (MI)4937%53%59%150$0.002212591299424%72263259
153Southern Oregon University (OR)*4931%50%31%530$0.911521383213412%2795212
154College of St. Elizabeth (NJ)4852%32%62%4$0.0022119539242710%348263259
155University of Illinois—Springfield (IL)*4835%53%67%44$1.6211728539242717%137163203
156St. Bonaventure University (NY)4824%53%67%41$0.002219980418%430263259
157Walsh University (OH)4831%50%60%83$0.002211333924278%4319543
158Misericordia University (PA)4825%54%73%13$0.002213513923487%5222056
159Marshall University (WV)*4828%52%45%424$22.421116832017316%169263259
160Norfolk State University (VA)*4852%29%31%255$7.894034437188%428263259
161Viterbo University (WI)4827%54%50%379$0.002212052593425%56158106
162California State University—Stanislaus (CA)*4840%42%50%124$0.0022127332942730%2719076
163Aquinas College (MI)4731%55%56%262$0.0022153424277%510263259
164Western Kentucky University (KY)*4737%46%44%341$8.433521934714113%239136129
165Regis College (MA)4738%42%63%6$0.002216639233111%297263259
166Marywood University (PA)4725%55%71%23$0.002212483921027%48536181
167Dominican University (IL)4737%51%72%7$0.002213953924277%525204105
168Ashland University (OH)4737%51%60%104$0.0022110829242717%135263259
169Concordia University (OR)4724%54%41%487$0.002211595927619%119777
170Bellarmine University (KY)4720%63%65%237$0.0022165279637%489171229
171Gannon University (PA)4729%51%62%75$0.002211931937028%37263259
172Missouri State University (MO)*4722%61%55%402$9.043014629818510%33118180
173Tusculum College (TN)4744%46%40%403$0.0022131239242721%979332
174Springfield College (MA)4617%55%68%48$0.0022127711635026%4926145
175The Citadel (SC)*4616%62%76%38$0.00221350392111%305263259
176Lincoln Memorial University (TN)4649%42%43%286$0.002218239226810%324225259
177Savannah State University (GA)*4667%28%29%271$1.901073873924412%272263259
178CUNY—Brooklyn College (NY)*4653%45%43%331$4.06651663774207%470263259
179St. Edward's University (TX)4625%61%66%185$0.0022129014619911%29970147
180Union University (TN)4624%63%65%247$0.0022114539221716%17066244
181College of St. Rose (NY)4626%53%66%54$0.0022134130933710%3228524
182University of Tennessee—Martin (TN)*4637%51%49%337$1.0914227238210715%19865161
183Heidelberg University (OH)4628%49%54%179$0.0022138751707%527263259
184Anderson University (IN)4627%53%61%122$0.002211122442714%218263259
185Emerson College (MA)4610%72%78%163$0.002213905240828%35118200
186California Lutheran University (CA)4619%60%63%230$0.002212712328810%36273103
187Texas A&M International University (TX)*4670%28%37%107$0.2021650539219217%150263259
188College of Charleston (SC)*4611%73%64%452$5.40571321731016%180263259
189SUNY—Oswego (NY)*4625%60%57%362$1.0314612021828916%154177115
190Alabama State University (AL)*4573%20%22%253$2.4693261392587%498263259
191Metropolitan State University (MN)*4562%35%14%538$0.0022151925837335%1817616
192Campbell University (NC)4530%51%58%132$0.00221279343138%423155233
193Southern Nazarene University (OK)4537%49%49%308$0.0022125010627438%13263259
194Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi (TX)*4536%46%39%415$11.66242961986727%45263259
195College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)4531%50%55%172$0.0022129812742714%21110246
196SUNY College—Oneonta (NY)*4527%58%64%160$0.202142587642712%266138174
197Olivet Nazarene University (IL)4530%56%53%363$0.00221124315159%390263259
198Emmanuel College (MA)4524%57%63%157$0.0022142514538929%3276138
199La Sierra University (CA)4537%45%32%489$0.0022111019542716%1813151
200Carlow University (PA)4549%40%45%169$0.0022147639232613%24512939